Julie Bartholomew’s ceramic practice is inspired by cultural issues and social debates. Over her career, Julie has explored communication technology, the fashion industry and female identity with her most recent work focusing on the threat of extinction to native flora and fauna. As Julie explains, “My ceramic practice is based upon a long-term interest in contemporary issues. I have focused on consumer culture, particularly the relationship between global branding and female identity within the context of western and eastern cultures. Recent concerns have explored the precarious existence of threatened Australian birds and flowers.” Julie uses the industrial technologies of mold making and casting as tools for one-off sculpture. Each of Julie’s pieces are beautifully intricate works which are imbued with a deeper meaning.
Julie Bartholomew completed her Bachelor of Arts in 1980 and after completing her Graduate Diploma of Education, gained her PhD from the University of New South Wales in 2006. In the same year she was awarded the International Gold Coast Ceramics Award. Julie has been exhibiting both nationally and internationally for over twenty five years and her work is in many collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the Shanghai Arts and Crafts Museum, China and the WOCEK International Ceramics Collection, Korea. In February 2017, Julie was appointed Head of Ceramics Workshop, at the School of Art, Australian National University in Canberra.